Synopsis: The mysterious Talia introduced in Detective #411 is here seen to be more than she first appeared. Ra's al-Ghul, her father, breeches the Batcave after determining that Bruce Wayne was a worthy suitor for his daughter, now revealed to be Talia, and makes Bruce an offer he can refuse. He won't become the heir to the League of Assassins criminal empire. The rejection would lead to a long and unhealthy relationship between Batman and R'as.
Talia, by contrast, proves harder for Bruce to refuse. And thus a Shakespearian tragedy is born in the Batcave, with Bruce and R'as at each other's throats, with Talia caught firmly in the middle.
Robin tags along to be the bait for the elder al-Ghul's attention-grabbing scheme.
Synopsis: Batman has Bruce Wayne declared dead: a cover which will allow Batman to be out of the country while on his next task. Batman enlists the assistance of an old enemy by the name of Matches Malone to help track down Ra's al Ghul. Through a series of twists, Batman plans to seek out Ra's al Ghul with a motley crew of helpers: Matches Malone, a reluctant scientist, and a superstitious bandit.
Synopsis: Batman (and Matches Malone), Doctor Blaine, Lo Ling, and a new partner Molly Post search out Ra's al Ghul in Switzerland. Upon finding a World War II bunker, Doctor Blaine uses his expertise to find a way inside. The newly formed team enters to find Talia and a deceased Ra's al Ghul. Batman takes Talia into custody, but not before Talia presses a secret button in the room - a secret button which lowers Ra's al Ghul into a Lazarus Pit...and revives him!
Synopsis: Rising from the Lazarus Pit, Ra's al Ghul pursues Batman and physically defeats him in a mountaintop duel. Ra's and Talia manage to escape via a hidden hovercraft, which Molly is able to stop using her skiing abilities. Molly is injured in the crash of the hovercraft, and Batman is left with a tough decision: chase after Ra's and Talia or seek medical aid for Molly. Eventually Batman tracks down Ra's and Talia in the desert and Batman is challenged to a sword fight with Ra's...to the death!